Linendoll: ESports As A Potential Olympic Event Is Real

ESports isn't going away; in fact, it's only getting bigger

The DA Show
October 04, 2019 - 12:56 pm

Gadget guru Katie Linendoll dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Friday to discuss numerous topics, including the ESports revolution.

“I have been blown away at just the massive, massive growth,” Linendoll said on The DA Show. “It’s like a multi-billion-dollar vertical. The last piece that I did on ESports was with the Cavs. They have their own professional gaming league, as do many teams in the NFL, too. It’s in contention to be an Olympic sport right now. We’re talking professional gaming.”

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?

“If you’re like, ‘That’s ridiculous,’ it’s getting so massive,” Linendoll said. “Even the prize money, these players that are professionally gaming, they have access to massage therapists, they have personal psychologists, chefs. The prize money is sometimes upwards of $5- to $25 million to win. It is crazy.”

Last weekend, Linendoll attended the Overwatch League Grand Finals, which is essentially the Super Bowl of ESports. Prize money? Five million.

“It was at Wells Fargo – home of the 76ers, home of the Flyers. Sold out,” Linendoll said. “Crazy. And hundreds of thousands streaming live. For me, it was like a WWE experience. The pyro and the lights and the hype and just a good fan base – it starts and we’re watching 12 dudes on a PC playing Overwatch. It was wild.”